TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

Willie Coleman's (jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Willie Coleman’s

Willie Coleman’s is a very common jig. It was taught to me by my friend Tom Delany, and I also associate this tune with the playing of Kitty Hayes’.

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The Trip To Birmingham (Josie McDermott's) (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Trip To Birmingham (The)

The Trip To Birmingham is a popular session tune that was composed by flute player Josie McDermott from County Sligo. I first learned this reel from the playing of Colette Coen, a lovely whistle player from Sligo…

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The Rookery (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Rookery (The)

The Rookery is a great reel that was composed by flute player Vincent Broderick. It is quite a common session tune, which was taught to me by my friend Tom Delany.

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Sliabh Russell (jig) (Slieve Russell) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Sliabh Russell

Sliabh Russell (or “Slieve Russell”) is a well known jig all over Ireland. I learned this tune from my friend Tom Delany. It was also recorded on many albums, such as Hugh & Colm Healy’s “Macalla na hÓige”

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Mayor Harrison's Fedora (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Mayor Harrison’s Fedora

Mayor Harrison’s Fedora is one of my all-time favourite tunes. I learned it from my friend Johannes Perritaz, a great flute player from Switzerland.

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Matt Peoples' (reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Matt Peoples’

Matt Peoples’ is a great session tune that I learned from Noel O’Donoghue, Hugh Healy & Sean Vaughan. It is the second tune on the famous opening track of the fantastic album recorded by Tommy Peoples, Matt Molloy and Paul Brady.

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Random Tunes

Drunken Landlady (The)

This is a common session which I love very much. I learned “The Drunken Landlady” through various sessions, but it’s really a tune that I associate with the amazing duet album of Noel Hill & Tony Linnane.

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Concertina Reel (The)

“The Concertina Reel” is a common session tune that I associate with the great accordion player Bobby Gardiner, with whom I played a few sessions at the Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna.

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Limestone Rock (The)

“The Limestone Rock” is a common session tune here in North Clare and the name is actually a reference to the Burren. This reel appears in O’Neill’s book as “Tit for Tat”. It is very often followed by “The Humours of Loughrea”, another great reel. I learned this set from Noel O’Donoghue.

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